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finally something we can all agree on - first ride and first winner of his season at Fairgrounds on Sunday, was a ride to be admired, the filly didn’t look like she was gonna get there but have no doubts he woulda got off and carried her across the line if it hadn’t worked out - safe trips and good luck bro bro
Always been a fan of Patrick since he was a hot shot apprentice in Southern California. I remember how talented he was getting a horse out of
the gate. He won the 1980 Santa Anita Derby aboard Codex when he was only 17 years old. He also won the Preakness that year defeating
the great filly Genuine Risk. D. Wayne Lukas had forgotten to nominate Codex to the Kentucky Derby and had to pass that classic race.
Patrick claimed Arazi was the greatest horse he ever rode and he rode first call for Charlie Whittingham throughout the mid 1980's to
early 1990's. Beat Easy Goer twice in the Triple Crown with Sunday Silence.
Not that this is too relevant to this particular thread, but years ago, I purposely watched (slow-motion) films of PVal breaking from the gate to see if I could ascertain why he was so good..
What I found was surprising.. I thought I'd see some form of hustle, a quick reaction of sorts, that gave him an edge over the other riders.. But what I observed was something quite different. Patrick came out of the gate as still as a door-mouse - perched over his mount with exquisite balance - with not an ounce of movement in his upper body. No throwing of the reins or urging on the neck of his mount. In essence, in those critical first strides, his body weight moved in tandem with the horse under him - almost as if he was surfing on air with his feet perched in the stirrups and the reins hanging loosely in his hands. After a few strides he would take hold or urge his mount, but in those very first jumps, he was still.
Thanks Cadillakin. You can't teach the God given talent that Patrick has. Not even HOF jockey Chris McCarron can teach this perfectly still action
that Patrick has in his jockey's school in Kentucky. Valenzuela has had a great career on track, a chaotic life outside of the track.
Correction: It was Angel Cordero who rode Codex to Win the 1980 Preakness defeating the Ky-Derby winning Filly Genuine Risk among others.
Correction: It was Angel Cordero who rode Codex to Win the 1980 Preakness defeating the Ky-Derby winning Filly Genuine Risk among others.[/quote]
I stand corrected Rail-man. I guess the connections of Codex wanted a more experienced, accomplished rider like Cordero than Valenzuela. I
never could understand how a rider loses a mount after a flawless winning ride.
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